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PETALING JAYA: The government has no plans to make the Covid-19 vaccinations compulsory, science, technology and innovation minister Khairy Jamaluddin said today, adding it will be a voluntary exercise.
He was responding to concerns raised by some quarters that the government can make it mandatory under emergency laws.
“Our policy remains, that is, for now it is voluntary,” he told FMT.
Khairy had repeatedly stressed that Covid-19 vaccination will not be compulsory in Malaysia. The first batch of vaccines is expected to arrive next month.
On Tuesday, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, gave his consent for a nationwide emergency until Aug 1 to curb the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking to FMT, lawyer A Srimurugan said the Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance provides the power for the King to “issue directions for treatment, immunisation, isolation, observation or surveillance”.
If vaccinations are to be compulsory, a person who fails to get vaccinated could face jail terms of up to two years, be fined, or both.
Section 11(3) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act also allows the government to make it mandatory for people to receive “treatment or immunisation”.
There have been concerns that vaccination can be harmful for those with medical conditions and the elderly.
Norway last week said Covid-19 vaccinations may be too risky for the very old and terminally sick after 23 people who fell under these categories died shortly after receiving the vaccine.
Meanwhile, in Germany, specialists are looking into the deaths of 10 people aged between 79 and 93, all with medical conditions, who died shortly after receiving the vaccine, some within hours.
The Whole world just cannot stand still and watch the Pandemic #Covid19 claim lives “like ten pins“
The Vaccine will be used and implemented in Malaysia where the first dosages are for the frontline staff of the security and health sectors. and those priority high risks groups.
Many in the Social media domain have their inputs and perception and some are also very skeptical.
The Health Ministry of Malaysia has reminded the Citizens to practise #socialdistancing #wearamask #stayhome #sanitizers #staysafe but they too know that Vaccination is not the FULL CURE.
There will be many different reports on various vaccines from different countries but we know too that unless there is “Vaccine” there is Hope for Humanity to survive this Pandemic #Covid19
We leave the data’s, facts and statistics to those researchers and vaccine developing companies .
We can only tell our fellow Malaysians to continue to follow the #Covid19 SOP.
Do #staysafe everyone. God bless
(Please find an extracted article below for your information)
NORWAY said Covid-19 vaccines may be too risky for the very old and terminally ill, the most cautious statement yet from a European health authority as countries assess the real-world side effects of the first shots to gain approval.
Norwegian officials said 23 people had died in the country a short time after receiving their first dose of the vaccine. Of those deaths, 13 have been autopsied, with the results suggesting that common side effects may have contributed to severe reactions in frail, elderly people, according to the Norwegian Medicines Agency.
“For those with the most severe frailty, even relatively mild vaccine side effects can have serious consequences,” the Norwegian Institute of Public Health said. “For those who have a very short remaining life span anyway, the benefit of the vaccine may be marginal or irrelevant.”
The recommendation does not mean younger, healthier people should avoid being vaccinated. But it’s an early indication of what to watch as countries begin to issue safety monitoring reports on the vaccines.
Emer Cooke, the new head of the European Medicines Agency, has said tracking the safety of Covid vaccines, especially those relying on novel technologies such as messenger RNA, would be one of the biggest challenges once shots are rolled out widely.
Pfizer and BioNTech are working with the Norwegian regulator to investigate the deaths in Norway, Pfizer said in an e-mailed statement. The agency found that “the number of incidents so far is not alarming, and in line with expectations,” Pfizer said.
Allergic reactions have been uncommon so far. In the US, authorities reported 21 cases of severe allergic reactions from Dec 14-23 after administration of about 1.9 million initial doses of the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. That’s an incidence of 11.1 cases per million doses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Though both Covid-19 vaccines approved so far in Europe were tested in tens of thousands of people – including volunteers in their late 80s and 90s – the average trial participant was in his or her early 50s. The first people to be immunised in many places have been older than that as countries rush to inoculate nursing-home residents at high risk from the virus.
Norway has given at least one dose to about 33,000 people, focusing on those considered to be most at risk if they contract the virus, including the elderly. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine approved late last year has been used most broadly, with a similar shot from Moderna approved earlier this month also now being administered.
Of 29 cases of potential side effects investigated by Norwegian authorities, almost three-quarters were in people age 80 or older, the regulator said in a Jan 14 report.
In France, one frail patient died in a care home two hours after being vaccinated, but authorities said given the patient’s previous medical history there is no indication the death was linked to the vaccine. The French pharmaceutical safety agency on Thursday reported four cases of severe allergic reactions and two incidents of irregular heartbeat after vaccination.
The first Europe-wide safety report on the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will probably be published at the end of January, the regulator’s key medicines committee said on Friday. Vaccine makers are required to submit data monthly.
In the UK, which has carried out more immunisations per capita than anywhere else in Europe, authorities will assess safety data and plan to publish details of suspected reactions “on a regular basis,” the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency said, without giving a date. – BLOOMBERG
We can condemn, we can be disillusioned, we can be unhappy, we can counter, we can be unsatisfied, we can be angry and the lists will go on.
But in all truth and reality what the Prime Minister of Malaysia Muhydddin Yassin and his cabinet plus his advisors have done must be commended on the action of the “EMERGENCY”
There will be naysayers in the public domain who will say we are polishing some “B%&*S” but most Malaysians will deep down be grateful that “extreme politiking” on grabbing power must stop during the upsurge of #COVID19 cases in Malaysia.
Many Malaysians are more concern of putting food on the table for their families and their overall safety.
This is not the time to be overally clever as some are like “DR.GOOGLE” who can have answers to everything.
Sorry, the social media platform must not be utilized to spread all the nonsensical statements on how the PM of Malaysia wrongly advised his Majesty the King on the IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EMERGENCY till August 1st 2021.
We can debate and have all our legal views but MALAYSIAN LIVES MATTERS as per the people who are in the Administrating the Country.
The Opposition and those who have a bone to pick with PM Malaysia had their chances to “oust him and his cabinet” but due to their political ignorance and over Politiking they missed their chances during the ‘Tabling of the Budget”
Enough is Enough and let us in audie61 BE BLUNT and RUTHLESS to say to them,”If it affects their love ones than they will WAKE UP TO THE REALITIES OF THE BRUTALNESS OF #COVID19″
Do we want to see DEATHS at our doorsteps?
Malaysians of all races, religions, culture want the Government to try to stop the spread of the Pandemic and Godwilling the vaccine when its introduced will curb the “deadly feeling”
There are so many articles and statements dished out like Buffet spread in the political battlefield and Malaysians for now are fedup as the #COVID19 and the FLOOD WATERS are of major concerns.
Its not about who will be the Prime Minister at PUTRAJAYA for now.
The King have declared the “EMERGENCY” and let us all as True Malaysians work together to help each other during this Pressing times.
We hope and pray that we will all do that and let us leave the politiking when the situation eases.
To that we hope that the Almighty Creator will Bless Us ALL.
Some of the articles which has irked many in the public domain are listed below:-
THE King has agreed to proclaim a State of Emergency nationwide until Aug 1.
Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin, in a statement today, said the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah had decreed that a State of Emergency be implemented to control the Covid-19 outbreak in the country.
“His Majesty decrees that the state of emergency be proclaimed until Aug 1, or until an earlier date, if the daily number of positive Covid-19 cases can be controlled and effectively lowered,” said Ahmad Fadil as reported by the New Straits Times.
This was decided after the King’s audience with Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at Istana Negara yesterday, and after briefings by top government officials.
They include Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali; Attorney-General Tan Sri Idrus Harun; Armed Forces chief General Tan Sri Affendi Buang; Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador; Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah; and Election Commission chairman Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh.
The matter, he said, had also taken into account consultations by His Majesty with the Malay Rulers.
“The King is of the view that Covid-19 transmissions in the country are at a very critical level and that there is a need to proclaim an emergency, based on Clause 1 under Article 150 of the Federal Constitution.”
He also said the King had agreed to the government’s proposal to form an independent committee, which would be composed of government and opposition Members of Parliament, as well as health and other related experts.
The independent committee would advise the King on whether the enforcement of the State of Emergency could be terminated earlier.
“It is also based on current Covid-19 statistics, and the constraints in logistics and facilities in the states in particular, presented during the briefing session.
“It should be emphasised that His Majesty is very concerned about the safety of the people, especially at this time where some states are still facing floods.
“His Majesty also expressed his concern over the disaster and the sharp spike in Covid-19 infections in the country.
“If it is not curbed and controlled effectively, then it will be detrimental to the health of the people and the country’s wellbeing,” added Ahmad Fadil.
He said that the King had advised the people to remain calm and resilient during the implementation of this emergency and the Movement Control Order (MCO) for the security and benefit of all.
The King, he added, had also urged the people to be disciplined in adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOP) and all rules set by the government and government agencies during the emergency and MCO.
“His Majesty expresses his confidence that with strong spirits and the cooperation of the public as demonstrated during the MCO last year, we are able to once again stop the spread of the pandemic in the country.
“The King also expresses hope that the Covid-19 vaccine, which will be received soon, will flatten the curve, thus breaking the transmission chain in Malaysia.”
Ahmad Fadil said the King expressed his deep appreciation to frontliners who are working tirelessly to fight the virus, and called upon Malaysians to pray that the country is protected from any form of threats and that the pandemic can end soon.
“His Majesty also calls upon the people to pray that the floods which hit several states would not last too long.”
Sarawak registered a record high of 153 new #Covid19 cases today, bringing the total to 1,428, said State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
He said the highest number of positive cases were recorded in Miri with 94 followed by 25 cases in Sibu, Dalat (17), Kuching (13), Sri Aman (2), Selangau (1) and Beluru (1).
Kuching, Sibu and Miri in Sarawak will be placed under conditional movement control order for two weeks from the midnight of Jan 13, Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Douglas Unggah Embas (above) announced today.
This came after Sarawak saw a sharp surge of Covid-19 with 153 new cases as of this afternoon.
He said the decision was made after a discussion with the state Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg today.
“We have all along advised the people to be careful. We saw that many have forgotten this during the Christmas and New Year period, where they have ceremonies and funerals, which (resulted in) the Pasai Siong cluster,” lamented Douglas.
“In line with the National Security Council guidelines, when we see a place turn into Covid-19 red zone, we have to consider if we are going to impose a conditional MCO,” he said.
The areas affected include Kota Samarahan and Seria, which are part of the Kuching zone and Sarikei, which is under the Sibu zone.
Let us Now be Mindful and Be Vigilant that we need to follow the #Covid19 Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to prevent further outbreak and outreach by the Pandemic which has reached new heights daily in Peninsula Malaysia.
Sarawak is now seeing an influx of cases as the Home Quarantine Measures (HSO) have not been strictly adhered to.
All of us need to work together as Covid19 will not distinguish race, religion nor colour.
(The Latest Breaking News from an Online Portal)
SIBU (Jan 9): Police have sealed off road access to Rumah Langi and nearby longhouses in the Pasai Siong area following the detection of 37 positive Covid-19 cases and the emergence of a new cluster dubbed the Pasai Siong Cluster
Several policemen were spotted putting up the roadblock to prevent entry and exit to these areas, which is about 40 minutes drive from Sibu town centre.
Road construction workers were seen leaving the area with their machinery after the access to these places were blocked.
A worker, who asked not to be named, said the road access has been blocked and hence, could not continue their work.
There are eight longhouses including Rumah Langi in the area under Tamin state constituency. They are Jelian Nayor, Ringgit Unchu, Langi Ambau, Pom Maja, Nyanggai Alok, Jeram Empin, Kelly Chundau and Nyambong Ajon.
Sibu Resident Office called for a press conference on the matter this morning.
Sibu Disaster Management Committee chairman Charles Siaw said that the cases were detected through the screening results of a woman who returned to her longhouse Rumah Langi Ambau Douglas from Johor on Dec 29.
Will it come to this again..!!! The signboard says it all. Too much politiking amongst the various parties for power and jostling for positions will be no good for the country if the Pandemic #covid19 is not under control.
The Political Administrators of the country who are elected to rule and ensure the safety of the Nation must be accountable and realize that the peoples Lives matter and not Politics for now.
Until if and when the situation is stabilised or under control then Malaysians can be at ease to choose the leaders through the elections in the Next GE15.
If there is a need to have a MOVEMENT CONTROL ORDER (MCO) as the #covid19 figures is in 4 digits we write from this Platform that we are supporting it fully.
Even if there is a Need to establish an EMERGENCY we are pretty sure the people of Malaysia will be behind it. The Economy will of course matter but if it is to Save LIVES at this crucial time many will understand.
We always use the words,”Health is Wealth” and Malaysians will support fully if their loved ones” are affected and even a Minister who is in charge of the Vaccine #Covid19 (see extract below) has slammed his members of his own party for calling for SNAP POLLs
Sarawak will Seriously Need to look at the overall situation and evaluate it closely to Ensure that the 12th SARAWAK STATE ELECTIONS which is due by August 2021 needs to be carried out or otherwise.
( Extracted from an online portal)
PUTRAJAYA: Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin has slammed members of his own party calling for snap polls, saying now is not the time for another general election.
The science, technology and innovation minister said holding elections now would only pose high risks to public health and Umno’s reputation.
“We cannot compare ourselves to other countries that have held elections such as New Zealand and Singapore, because first, these were held on a smaller scale.
“Secondly, as we saw in Sabah, we cannot comply with the SOPs, especially among politicians. So it is not right to make a comparison,” he said at a press conference here today.
He noted that even politicians did not comply with the SOPs, with their Facebook posts showing some of them not wearing face masks in public.
Khairy’s comments come after ousted Barisan Nasional (BN) secretary-general Annuar Musa tweeted that the party’s grassroots were not keen on holding snap polls amid the pandemic and flash floods.
“Not only is it irresponsible, but it also shows (the party’s) greed for power and their insensitivity towards the people’s struggles,” Annuar said.
On Umno secretary-general Ahmad Maslan’s statement that the party was seeking to retract its support for PPBM due to ongoing court cases against Umno leaders, Khairy said it was a “goreng pisang” way of thinking.
“It is not a quality reason,” he added.
The Umno Supreme Council has deferred any decision on its support for PPBM to its annual general assembly scheduled to be held on Jan 31.
It will also discuss calling for snap elections by the end of March as well as strengthening its Muafakat Nasional (MN) alliance with PAS.
There is so much politicking and uncertainty and stability as Political parties are going head-on against each other in the governance of the country says a concerned voting citizen.
He added, “We do need a stable, viable economic climate for Foreign Investors to come and trade with Malaysia. During this Pandemic #Covid19 which has affected all travel, economic and health of the world any elections must be put in the Back Burner.
Cool heads and Cooperation on the Political Alliances which runs the administration of the country must heed the needs and uncertainties of the livelihoods of the people.”
There is a huge sigh of relief that BERSATU and UMNO that there is some sort of ceasefire between the two parties which are in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) Coalition Ruling Government of Malaysia.
(Extracted please find the article from an online portal)
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 7 — Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) is of the opinion that the 15th general election should only be held once the Covid-19 pandemic is under control and has vastly improved.
This was decided at the party’s Supreme Council meeting chaired by Prime Minister and Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin last night.
Party information chief Wan Saiful Wan Jan in a statement issued after the meeting said Bersatu’s main agenda now is to focus all efforts and energy to address the Covid-19 pandemic and revive the country’s economy.
“Bersatu is committed to continuing our focus on efforts to improve the people’s well-being, especially in facing the Covid-19 pandemic and the ongoing floods.
“The actions of some parties who continue to play politics at a time when the people are going through a major ordeal is something that is not right,” he said.
Wan Saiful said apart from that, Bersatu is determined to continue to defend the political cooperation with parties in Perikatan Nasional towards uniting the ummah and the people.
He said this approach will be continued in a fair manner and equitably to ensure the well-being of the people from all walks of life and background.
“In the context of PN, Bersatu will continue to strengthen political cooperation with other component parties, namely PAS, Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) and Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP),” he said.
Wan Saiful said Bersatu also called on all parties to show sincerity and earnestness through very strong organisational discipline to ensure the political cooperation forged through PN continues to be respected and preserved.
“Bersatu has decided to focus on consolidating the party’s strength through the practice of service and caring politics, as well as ensuring the entire machinery is on the ground to render assistance to those in need,” he said.
In addition, the meeting also agreed to organise the Bersatu 2021 tour series in the near future as part of efforts to provide information on current issues.